College, AVID and TAG Information
11/12 AVID Students benefit from 2009-10 College Visits
Ms. Pinyoun’s 11/12 AVID students have focused on researching in and out-of- state four year colleges and completing applications. Seniors have all written required college essays, and worked hard to understand the nuances of the college application and acceptance process. The following colleges and universities have visited Renaissance Arts this year: Linfield College, Naropa University, Marylhurst University, Willamette University, George Fox University, University of Oregon, Warner Pacific College, Western Oregon University, Southern Oregon University, Oregon State University, Portland State University and University of Portland.
Congratulations to the following seniors on their college acceptances thus far:
- Portland State University: Christina Boom, Nick Rettinger, Leanna Rose, Jiana Zhan, Jessica Martinez
- University of Oregon: Maggie Haworth, Jiana Zhan, Nick Rettinger, Olyvia Chac
- Art Institute of Portland: Jiana Zhan
- Sweet Briar College: Jackie Holodak
- Univ of Portland: Jackie Holodak
- Linfield College: Amanda Hoffman
- Oregon Institute of Technology: Amanda Hoffman
- Pacific University: Jessica Martinez has been accepted to Pacific University with a merit-based scholarship. She also received the Comcast Leaders & Achievers Scholarship for $1000.
Naviance: Renaissance Arts subscribes to a college and career planning resource called Naviance. All current juniors and seniors have received registration cards and have personalized passwords to access this dynamic college and scholarship search tool. Some of the information available through Naviance includes: college searches, college look-up, college compare, MHS acceptance history, college visitation schedules and scholarship lists. We strongly encourage students and families to explore this wonderful resource. Parents are also invited to use Naviance and can access the website using the link above.
Guest Password: gominutemen
9/10 AVID Students Focus on Inquiry and Organization
Mrs. Pfohman has enjoyed helping 9/10 AVID students value asking questions. In their weekly Socratic seminar, students present a compelling question from a content area of their choice. From their daily Cornell Notes where they record important information, ask questions, and summarize their learning, students dig deeper into a topic of interest or concern. The resulting critical thinking spurs improved understanding and an appreciation for the inquiry process. Mrs. Pfohman and other teachers recognize and applaud their growth and emerging confidence. “The AVID tutors recognize Eduardo Alamo as one of the most thoughtful, creative, and curious students in AVID 9-10.”
Talented and Gifted (TAG)
After a campus sponsored dinner for Back to School Night in September, interested TAG and Title 1 parents met with Fred Locke and new TAG coordinator Ms. Baret Pinyoun. Ms. Pinyoun, who teaches Spanish and AVID 11-12, is excited to coordinate our TAG program. She fully understands the needs of TAG students and wants to ensure that every student is having his/her needs met.
Senior TAG student Jorge Nava Marin and Christina Boom broke new ground as they were accepted in to the Reed Scholars Program. Jorge is taking a second year of Calculus, and Christina is enjoying her theatre class.
Architecture, Construction, and Engineering (ACE) Success
As a junior, Jorge Nava Marin joined approximately 70 other Metro area students for a six month intensive learning experience in architecture, construction and engineering. Jorge and his team mates worked with a volunteer architect and designed and built a model community center on an actual local Portland site. In June, each team shared a Power-point presentation that detailed their work from concept, through the design and model building phase. The abilities and levels of all teams were praised by professionals as comparable to that of second-year architecture school students. Employer Advisory Board member Kevin Jeans-Gail encouraged Jorge to participate. It was a valuable experience, and Jorge is interested in pursuing math and science in college.
Potential TAG students were identified by staff and recently tested. Teachers continue to offer all TAG students extension activities in a different group and individual settings.
Senior Christina Boom is a gifted writer, artist, and photographer with a highly inquisitive and creative mind.
2009, A Class of Distinction!
Valedictorian Sheila Heath
The Renaissance Arts Academy Class of 2009 Commencement was a fitting tribute to an exceptional class. Then Area Director Greg Wolleck congratulated them on their highly personalized graduation which included a slide show video they produced, as well as a staff video that honored each graduate. The combination of photos, song, texts, and staff appreciations of each student reminded us all of the power of small schools.
Capitalizing on strong relationships honed over four years, the Class of 2009 raised the achievement bar. As 10th graders, their state assessment scores soared by double digits in reading and math. As graduates, two out of three have been accepted to and plan to attend a number of distinguished schools including Columbia University (1), Lewis & Clark (1), Portland State University (12) , University, of Oregon (3), Linfield College (2) , and Oregon State (3). More students will matriculate to four year colleges than those attending local community colleges. Valedictorian Sheila Heath is attending Columbia University on a Gates Millennium Scholarship (with tuition, books, room and board paid through her doctoral work), and she and others earned college scholarships worth approximately $200,000. ESL teacher Ms. Terry Jensen, now at Huntington Park Middle School, ensured that her four senior ESL students gained acceptance and enrolled in college. Congratulations to teachers and the Class of 2009!